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The sooner you get back to normal activity the better.
If you get a severe attack of back pain these treatments may help ease the pain, but will probably not erase it altogether.
You should feel the positive effects of these treatments immediately - they are usually not a good idea for the long-term.
When to see your doctor:
In most cases, you can deal with back pain yourself. Doctors can help reassure you that you don't have a serious medical condition, and suggest ways to deal with your pain. However, if you've suffered a back injury related to your work, you must see your doctor as soon as possible to be eligible for WorkSafeBC benefits.
If you have severe pain which gets worse, instead of better, you should see your doctor. Watch for these symptoms, which are rare but serious:
The fact is, bed rest is bad for backs.
Your muscles get stiff, your bones get weaker, you lose physical fitness, you get depressed, the pain feels worse, and it's harder to get going again.
You can start moderate activity even when your back is painful. Exercise makes you feel better by releasing natural chemicals that reduce the pain.
Some good exercises you can do even when your back is painful, include:
Remember: the sooner you get active, the sooner your back pain will improve.
The longer you stay off work due to a back injury or back pain, the less likely you are to return, so it's important to get back as soon as possible. Talk to your employer about your situation and discuss how you can modify any work activities that stress your back.
Return-to-work programs are based on the philosophy that many employees can safely perform productive and transitional work as part of their recovery process.
If you are off work due to a back injury or back pain you can benefit from a return-to-work program by:
If you have an accepted WorkSafeBC claim, talk to your employer and WorkSafeBC case manager about a return-to-work program in your workplace. WorkSafeBC rehabilitation staff are available to monitor your progress and make recommendations to your case manager regarding your transition to full time hours, ensuring an effective transition. See Rehabilitation and Return to Work.
Back injuries sustained when you are working or caused by your job are eligible for compensation by WorkSafeBC (the Workers' Compensation Board). You must report these types of work-related back injuries to your employer, your doctor, and WorkSafeBC as soon as possible.
If your claim is accepted, WorkSafeBC may pay for medical services and supplies required to help you recover from your compensable injury. Some of these products or services must be pre-approved by your WorkSafeBC claim representative before WorkSafeBC will pay for them.
WorkSafeBC will usually only pay for treatment from one of these professionals at a time.
Examples of medical services and supplies:
If you use these services you should feel the effects immediately, and it is not worth using these treatments for consecutive months.